The d&b audiotechnik Y-Series aims to provide flexible and configurable sound reinforcement for small- to medium-sized applications. The range includes the Y7P and Y10P point source loudspeakers with the B6-Sub for low-frequency extension, and the Y8, Y12 line array loudspeakers and matched Y-Sub subwoofer.

d&b audiotechnik Y-SeriesThe Y7P and Y10P share the same dipolar 8-inch driver arrangement, centred on a 1.4-inch compression driver fitted to a rotatable CD horn for horizontal or vertical installation. With dispersion characteristics of 75° x 40° and 110° x 40° (h x v) respectively, the Y7P and Y10P can be used individually as a full-range system or in combination with other elements from the Y-Series, either ground stacked or flown. The cabinet port design delivers extended LF performance down to 59Hz. The B6-Sub compliments the Y7P and Y10P, with a single 18-inch driver built into a bass-reflex design, extending the frequency response down to 37Hz.

Using the same rigging design as the J and V-Series, the Y8 and Y12 also share their 80° and 120° horizontal dispersion characteristics. They can be suspended in columns of up to 24 loudspeakers with splay angles from 0° to 14° with a 1° resolution. The Y-Sub houses a forward facing 18-inch driver and a 12-inch driver radiating towards the rear, producing a cardioid dispersion pattern. Driven by a single amplifier channel, the compact Y-Sub can be ground stacked or flown at the top of a Y8/Y12 array. Both the point source and line source loudspeakers feature two 8-inch drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in a dipolar arrangement around a 1.4-inch compression driver. This driver configuration enables the Y8 and Y12 to offer a horizontal dispersion pattern controlled down to 500Hz. An extensive range of transport solutions and loudspeaker accessories facilitates ease of set-up and mobility.

While the Y loudspeakers are designed to provide flexible, mobile systems, the Yi installation-specific versions are designed for permanent applications, differing only in cabinet construction and mounting hardware. Special colour and weather resistant options provide further visual integration and positioning possibilities.

The Y-Series takes advantage of d&b’s ArrayCalc simulation software, R1 Remote control software and d&b amplifiers. Line and point source loudspeakers can be combined within ArrayCalc, providing a graphical representation detailing the coverage, level drop and safety aspects of a system set-up in a given space. The R1 export function transfers all configurations and settings from this simulation into an R1 Remote control project file, taking into account any system specific functions. The R1 workplace presents an intuitive format for operating systems via the d&b Remote network, either through CAN-Bus to access the D6 and D12 amplifiers, as well as the D80, which can also be controlled through Ethernet using OCA protocols.

‘Since the Y-Series combines both line and point source technologies, the application possibilities are endless, ranging from performing arts to conferences, religious events and live shows,’ says Product Manager Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer. ‘This has been an exciting and illuminating project and we see this series becoming the workhorse of our industry, from point source to line source.’


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